A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas a place where history comes to life.
The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
Where is the indignation about the fact that the United States and Soviet Union have accumulated thirty thousand pounds of destructive force for every human being in the world?
History is a vast early warning system.
The main failure of education is that it has not prepared people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny.
What was significant about the laughter . . . was not just the fact that it provides internal exercise for a person . . .a form of jogging for the innards, but that it creates a mood in which the other positive emotions can be put to work, too.
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.
Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
If the United Nations is to survive, those who represent it must bolster it; those who advocate it must submit to it; and those who believe in it must fight for it.
The way a book is read - which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book - can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts in it. Anyone who can read, can learn to read deeply and thus live more fully.
A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.
Cynicism is intellectual treason.
In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility
What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth.
The purpose of education is to enable us to develop to the fullest that which is inside us
My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.
People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.
Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
The more serious the illness, the more important it is for you to fight back, mobilizing all your resources-spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical.
Laughter is a powerful way to tap positive emotions